Origins of surname
This surname is derived from the old English personal name 'Saeweard' or 'Sigeweard', combining the words meaning 'victor' and 'protect'.
The name first appears in Jersey records in the 17th century, with the baptism of William, son of William, in St Brelade in 1657. It appears that this family, despite attaining some prominence, died out in the late 18th century, and that another separate family arrived in the island at about the same time.
- Seward, probably the only form found in Jersey
- Seward baptisms in Jersey
- Seward marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Seward marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Seward burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Seward family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Harriet Seward - 29 May 1877, D/Y/A/39
- Ann Seward of 5, Don Place, St Helier, widow of Charles Frederick Le Cornu - 8 February 1878, D/Y/A/40
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